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Gershwin and the Great Tradition

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780520248649
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933149 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0008
Gershwin and the Great Tradition

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Concurrent with his later theoretical studies, Gershwin further investigated the classical repertoire. He especially admired Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Wagner, Brahms, Rimsky-Korsakov, Richard Strauss, Debussy, and Stravinsky. Gershwin not only went to concerts but studied the great classics at home, including the Bach keyboard toccatas, and also took an interest in current developments and in meeting other composers both at home and abroad, including England. He made additional discoveries in his later years, and in 1929 acquired the score to Alfredo Casella's Serenata for five instruments. Meanwhile, Gershwin knew more about his own country's composers than he generally made known. His greatest affinity and loyalty were always to Broadway's composers, including those, such as Vernon Duke and Oscar Levant, who were, like himself, active in more serious realms as well.

Keywords: classical music; Bach; Alfredo Casella; Serenata; Mozart; Broadway's composers; Oscar Levant; Vernon Duke

Chapter.  8864 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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